James Halford

James Halford

is a writer and critic from Brisbane whose stories and essays have been published in Australia, the US, and Latin America.

About James Halford

James Halford is the author of Requiem with Yellow Butterflies (UWAP 2019), a Latin America travel memoir. His creative nonfiction, fiction and criticism have been widely published in Australia and abroad. The recipient of a 2016 Copyright Agency/Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellowship, his critical work focuses on comparative approaches to contemporary Australian and Latin American literature. He holds a literature degree and a creative doctorate from the University of Queensland, where he now teaches, and has studied Spanish in Argentina, Mexico and Spain.

Articles about James Halford

Articles by James Halford

The Lakeside House

Melaleuca, the little yellow cottage Judith and Jack once owned...

Southern Conversations:
J.M Coetzee in Buenos Aires

'I suspect what Coetzee means by the ‘real south’ will come more clearly into focus when counterposed with its opposite, ‘the mythic South’. This mythic South is an ‘imagined geography’ constructed through metropolitan discourse, like the Orient in the work of Edward Said. It is the locus onto which the North projects its fantasies, the North’s Other.'

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Felix Calvino’s Lost Galicia:
So Much Smoke

'Galicia is made strange through the English language; Australia is made strange by non-native English and a Galician worldview. In this collection, the teeming social world of the village takes over, threatening to spill beyond the boundaries of the short form. This collection firmly establishes Calvino as an English prose stylist. The influence of Anglophone modernist minimalism is apparent and appropriate. Through absence and implication, the stories register feelings of loss the characters themselves often lack the language to articulate. If, as Rosalía de Castro wrote, to sing of Galicia in the Galician language offers ‘consolation against evil, relief from pain,’ to write of it in English implies something else entirely.'

Such Loneliness in that Gold:
María Kodama on Life After Borges

‘You’re meeting the FIFA of Argentine literature,’ one young Buenos Aires poet said: ‘Watch out she doesn’t sue you.’ María Kodama gave me the best part of three hours of her time, describing her life with Jorge Luis Borges and discussing his work. Her generosity and warmth were at odds with everything I’d ever read or heard about her.

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